Find out here who is in KIPA's executive board, who is in charge of communication and education-related activities and also which members have been active in recent years. Furthermore, some of KIPA's alumni describe how KIPA has influenced their careers.
Becoming a member
All post-docs at KI are automatically members of the KI post doc association, there is no registration procedure.
However, you need to subscribe to the newsletter to keep updated on what is going on. Simply send an email to start receiving our news!
If you want to participate in our meetings and contribute to the association please send us an email and we will send you all the information about our future meetings and how to join the executive board. We are always looking for proactive and talented people!
Executive board and secretariat
Andrea C. del Valle (Bionut)Chair | Biomedical Scientist
My main scientific goal is to identify predictive and prognostic markers for cancer tumor invasion in metastasis, to further develop microenvironment-based therapies.
Andrea: ''I am a post-doc at Marco Gerling’s lab since September 2021. I traveled from Asia to Europe, in the middle of the pandemic, just because I was found on the research project. During my relocation process I needed a lot of information about a new country and life style in Sweden. I figured out how important KIPA is for those who start a new chapter in their lives and being now here, is my way to retribute the help that KIPA provided to me before. I joined KIPA as a chair since January 2022. My work in KIPA focuses in keeping the constant communication between the board members, reviewing newsletter information, and organizing our budget. I am also the spokesperson of KIPA representing it on a national and international level.''
Constance Boissin (MEB)Vice-Chair for Advocacy and Representation | Medical Epidemiologist
Global health researcher with training in genetics, with wide range of expertise having worked on research projects related to personalized medicine in different population.
Constance: ''I am the Vice Chair for Advocacy and Representation where I am in charge together with the working group of designing, distributing and analyzing the KIPA annual survey. I am also one of KI's representative to the Swedish National Postdoc Association (SNPA) and work on advocating for Postdoc issues at KI, but also locally and Nationally. Besides being an active member of KIPA, I am doing my PostDoc in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Epidemiology; and baking is my biggest hobby!''
Lenka Belicova (CMB)Vice-Chair for Professional Development | Cell biologist
I am researching how cells build functional liver tissue during development and regeneration using state-of-the-art lineage tracing methods.
Lenka: ''I joined KIPA as a Vice Chair for Professional Development for the year 2022. Together with an amazing team of Career Work Group, we make sure our postdocs get opportunities to grow professionally and get the right information to make their next career move. For example, through our events, we present a variety of diverse career options postdocs can choose after they stay at KI. I am a postdoc at KI since June 2021 and in Emma Andersson's lab at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, I investigate how the liver develops and regenerates using state-of-the-art lineage tracing methods.''
Natassia Robinson (MEB)Vice-Chair Community Building | Genetic Epidemiologist
I research the relationships between environmental and genetic/epigenetic factors in development of diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Natassia: ''I started my postdoc in the department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2020 and began volunteering with KIPA shortly after. As Vice Chair of Community Building, myself and the working group volunteers coordinate events to facilitate a social and supportive environment for KI postdocs. We work closely with the other KIPA working groups as well as collaborating with outside organizations. My aim is to bring postdocs together, with opportunities for socializing, networking, peer support, and importantly, to have some fun.''
Hazel Xiaohui Ang (Bionut)Social Media Coordinator | Pharmacologist
My research combines biochemistry with high-throughput pharmacological and genetic screening approaches, to understand the regulation of aging at molecular and mechanistic resolution.
Hazel: ''I am a post doc in Christian Riedel’s lab at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition since May 2021. I study aging biology while searching for aging-preventive interventions. As a communication coordinator at KIPA, I manage our newsletters, subscriber mailing list, social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook), external KIPA website, and facilitate liaison through emails. I work closely with the KIPA executive board and other KI offices to make sure that information transfers smoothly to the KIPA community. I am also the person replying to your emails when you reach out to KIPA.''
Tamoghna Mandal (OnkPat)Secretary | Molecular Biology
Understanding transcriptomic plasticity and novel nanoparticle mediated drug targeting systems to target cancer stem cell population.
Tamoghna: ''I have been a PostDoc in OnkPat since April 2021. I have been working in different aspects of Cancer biology since 2009. I joined KIPA as a secretary in 2022. I am responsible for keeping track of organizational matters and support to chair and vice chairs.''
Xavier Job (NEURO)Treasurer
Xavier: 'I started as a postdoc in the Department of Neuroscience in November 2020 and joined KIPA at the same time. My role as Treasurer is to ensure KIPA remains financially responsible.'
Elga Bandeira (MedS)Diversity an Inclusion Officer
Elga: 'I started as a postdoc in the Division for Immunology and allergy at Medicine Solna department in 2020 and joined KIPA in the beginning of 2022. As a Latin-American mother in science, I am very enthusiastic on promoting diversity and inclusion in our institution and striving towards equity for all postdocs.'
KIPA alumni experience
Tanja Bhuiyan, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Postdoctoral Scientist in Germany:
“The postdoctoral period is a time during which we can shape our careers, create networks, and choose a direction to take afterwards. What has really motivated me to join KIPA, however, was the prospect to improve the poor working conditions of many postdocs at KI. In my opinion, developing a career is easier when employment conditions are less precarious. At KIPA, I have met like-minded postdocs who really want to make a difference. It was very rewarding to see that my contributions at KIPA have also improved postdoc life, e.g. by co-organizing career development events or by advocating postdoctoral interests.”
Ben Libberton, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Science Communicator:
“KIPA really helped me to develop transferable skills and realise the skills that I already had which could be applied outside of academia. Through interacting with other members and attending events I discovered a whole world beyond the postdoc, both inside and outside of academia that I'd never seen before. It was such a pleasure to meet people from different scientific disciplines who were driven and motivated and it always inspired me to think and to do things differently.”
Katy Lloyd, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Exploratory Research Scientist in a company:
“I really enjoyed my time with KIPA. It was not only a chance to meet with a group of like-minded people, but also gave me the opportunity to contribute to the postdoc society. I joined in efforts to document and report on the conditions facing postdocs across Europe, as part of the European Network of Postdoctoral Associations (ENPA). Although this work is still continuing, it felt great being part of something bigger than myself, which will hopefully help shape the environment for postdocs for years to come. I got to improve on my time management, communication and writing skills, and it has given me the confidence to apply for a staff representative role in my new position.”
Anil Sharma, previously, postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Data Scientist in a company:
“I had been active in the PhD student organisation at my old university, so I knew how important such organisations can be - both professionally and socially. So when I came to KI for my postdoc, I was glad to be welcomed by the relatively newly formed KIPA. I made some good friends and was able to help investigate and highlight the poor housing situation for postdocs at KI. KIPA also helped me tremendously by organising professional development activities, which in no small part helped me transition from academia to a fantastic job in industry.”
Jenny Svärd, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA chairperson; currently, Consultant:
“Becoming involved in KIPA was a very positive experience in many ways. Being the chair of KIPA gave me the opportunity to understand more the structure and processes at KI, and I expanded my professional network when interacting both with individuals internally at KI and externally. I also developed my problem solving skills. Furthermore, it was of course very rewarding to work with extremely talented fellow postdocs and make progress in postdoc-related issues!“
Eleni Kopsida, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA secretary; currently Analyst in a consulting firm:
"I regard my involvement with the KI Postdoc Association as one of the most useful and fulfilling experiences in my academic career. By being actively involved I got the chance to meet and work with like-minded people towards improving the postdoc experience at KI, both in terms of working conditions as well as in terms of career and networking opportunities. Furthermore, I learned a lot about the structure of KI and I had the chance to expand my transferable skills, including organisational and problem-solving skills.”
Enlisted are all KIPA members that have been active in the year 2021:
Edit Szodorai, Monika Plescher, Laura Romero Castillo, Rafael Ceña Diez, Sonia Youhanna, Natassia Robinson, Marta Baroncelli, Marina Garcia, Alessondra Speidel, Katarina Tiklova, Raquel Vaz, Suzanne Ruhe-van der Werff, Marit Melssen, Xiaofei Li, Ana Maria Vaz Portugal Da Silva, Afrouz Abbaspour, Marcel Tarbier, Sonia Youhanna, Ana Maria Vaz Portugal Da Silva, Genís Valentin Gesé, Heather Iriye, Hrishikesh Das, Marcel Tarbier, Victoria Vassen, Max Hauser, Katharina Klöditz, Laura Crucianelli, Jeroen de Bont
Former active members
Sally Abdelmoaty (former secretary), Imran Ali, Hasna Baloui, Loretxu Bergouignan, Alessandro Bosco (former vice-chair), Madeleen Bosma (former vice-chair), Tanja Bhuiyan (former Swedish Postdoc Association Network coordinator), Lorenza Capantini, Christopher Cederroth, Franziska Curdt, Hiske van Duinen (former chair), Enric Domenech-Estevez, Daniel Ferreira, Benjamin Garzon, Dominika Hrossova, Nina Jensen, Anna-Maria Katsouri (former secretary), Guruswamy Karnam, Pedram Kharaziha, Narsis Kiani, Eleni Kopsida (former chair and former secretary), Kyriaki Liadaki, Mónica Pérez Manso, Shiva Mansouri, Anna Mourskaia (former professional relations and communication executive), Marjon Navis, Sushrusha Nayak, Ananta Paine, Ljubica Perisic, Erik Pettersson, Catherine Preston (former treasurer), Milica Putnik, Kathryn Rees, Kathrin Reiser, Shanie Saghafian-Hedengren, Nadine Schweizer, Michelle De Silva Riberio, Shireen Sindi, Giada Spigolon, Daniela Strodthoff, Jenny Svärd (former chair and former secretary), Ali Mustafa Tabish, Siew Kian Tai, Saskia Thomas and Janne Turunen.